Arkansas Energy Office

Residential

Green Building Practices

Green construction goes beyond energy efficiency and covers almost all aspects of construction: from site preparation to homeowner education and maintenance.  Click here for details.

Green Construction

Everything seems to be "going green" these days- from cars, to companies, to coffee. However, sometimes it can be hard to tell what that really means, especially when it comes to your current or future home.

Building green means incorporating environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process to minimize environmental impact. During the design, construction, and operation of a home, energy and water efficiency, lot development, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality and homeowner maintenance should all be considered. Although we cannot entirely avoid affecting the environment when a house is built, green building can work toward minimizing that environmental impact.

The concept of green building isn't new—our great-grandparents built climate-appropriate homes using locally-available materials. Today's green homes incorporate not only climatic considerations, but are resource and energy efficient, safer for occupants, and often less expensive to maintain.

Related Links

ENERGY STAR Home Builders in Arkansas

National Home Builders Association – Model Green Building Guidelines 

EPA’s Energy Star – New Home Construction

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s LEED for Homes program 

Green Building Initiative 

Certified Green Professionals (CGP) In Arkansas

Energy Code

The Arkansas Energy Code is a combination of the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 standards.  These standards in addition to the Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction Supplements and Amendments serve as the “Arkansas Energy Code” for residential and commercial builders in the state.

Below highlights more detailed information for residential and commercial applications.

The Arkansas Energy Office does not provide copies of the IECC or ASHRAE standards.  

To order copies please contact:

International Code Council: 1-800-786-4452 or visit www.iccsafe.org  
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air –Conditioning Engineers:  1-800-527-4723 or visit www.ashrae.org 

Questions:  Contact the Arkansas Energy Office at 501-682-7379 or 1-800-558-2633.  E-mail us at Energyinfo@ArkansasEDC.com.  

For Residential Builders

The most recent update to the residential code went into effect on January 1, 2015 and includes the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (2009 IECC). Training videos are posted below.

Simplified Residential Code Compliance Tools make it easy to understand and comply with Arkansas’s residential energy code. 

To obtain 2014 Arkansas Energy Code door hangers and/or lables, contact the Arkansas Energy Office at 1-800-558-2633, option 3, or email us at .

REScheckTM for Arkansas is a”deem to comply" residential compliance software developed for Arkansas.

Residential Compliance Tools

A simplified code compliance tool was developed to evaluate compliance with the 2011 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction based on current Arkansas building practices, technologies and product availability.

Each climate zone's compliance tool prescribes efficiency levels for walls and ceilings. When these prescribed insulation levels are used with an allowable window percentage (of the gross wall area) for a particular window frame type, then the building will comply with the thermal requirements of the 2011 Arkansas Energy Code for New Building Construction. 

REScheck for Arkansas

What is REScheckTM?

RESCheckTM for Arkansas (Version 3.7 Release 1b) is an easy-to-use computer program that is designed to demonstrate compliance with the thermal shell requirements of the 2011 Arkansas Energy Code. RESCheckTM allows trade-offs to be made between all envelope components as well as trade-offs for higher than minimum heating and cooling equipment.

This latest version of RESCheckTM incorporates standards in the new federal law that improve the minimum efficiency levels for cooling systems to 13 SEER and HSPF 7.7 for heat pumps. While it is not illegal to install cooling systems below these values, the program does not allow for trade-offs when systems are installed at or below these new minimum efficiency levels.

The requirement for windows to have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.4 or below was removed for Arkansas. When running the program select "Arkansas" under the "Code" tab. This will set up the program to accept the actual SHGC while allowing compliance for windows that are above 0.4 SHGC.

What you need to run REScheckTM

RESCheckTM for Arkansas runs under Windows and requires a personal computer with the Intel 80386 (386) processor (or higher), 2 megabytes (MB) of extended memory, a hard disk with 2MB of free disk space, a VGA or Super VGA monitor, and Windows 3.1 or a later version. A Microsoft-compatible mouse is highly recommended but not required.

Download REScheckTM

Install RESCheckTM for Arkansas.
When "File Download" box appears, click "Open" or "Run." 

Instructions

Instructions for Using REScheckTM for Arkansas